The literal definition of the word balance is, “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. To offset or compare the value of one thing with another.”
A good illustration of this concept is to think about what is meant by a “balanced diet”. A balanced diet is one that doesn’t include too much or too little of any one kind of food.
Patanjali said that Yoga is the suppression of modifications of the mind. Yoga is a discipline to improve or develop one’s inherent power in a balanced manner. A way of bringing the mind, body and breath into harmony. Maybe more simply put, to bring balance to physical, mental and social health.
Bringing about balance is easy to say but so challenging to reach. How many times do we beat ourselves up trying to create a work/life balance? Finding balance is important but it fluctuates through different periods of our lives - starting work, building a family, retirement! Acceptance of where we are is essential but if we can find ways of being kind to ourselves as well as critical, it will help us on our way to finding some harmony.
There are many different tools to help us find balance; for me it is to practise Yoga and Pilates, or to sit quietly and read a book - for you it might be something completely different. But if you would like to find the calm and peace that can be attained from Yoga or Pilates then get in touch. Click here to find my contact info at the top the page and either select to email me or get in touch via Facebook.